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‘So many choose to stay at weekends, which shows how happy they are there,' said a parent. ‘We only live 10 minutes from the school but the children like to board as they have so much more fun.' Seven boarding houses with space for 60 boarders each – all have their own character and each is a home from home...

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Worth is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18, set in the heart of the Sussex countryside between London and Brighton. The School is a vibrant, inclusive community of over 650 pupils and some 300 teaching and support staff, living out an ethos that is derived from Catholic and Benedictine values. We welcome those of all faiths or none.

The school is maintaining the momentum on its development plans with recent investment in an astro-turf pitch, two new science labs, refurbished accommodation for day boys and a new-build accommodation for one of the boarding houses. A new £6m Sixth Form Centre was opened in 2022. We offer a broad curriculum, where students can opt for the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



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Head master

Since 2015, Stuart McPherson MA. Educated at the University of Western Australia. He had not planned to be a teacher but joined Sydney Grammar for a year, ended staying for 10 years and did his teacher training on the job. He came over to the UK on a short-term teacher exchange with Eton and spent 15 years there, where he taught English and coached rugby and cricket and was a housemaster for the final five years. His wife is headmistress at St Catherine's School in Twickenham and they have four children. He says it might sound like a cliché but he spends any spare time reading and enjoys walking and camping – but definitely for no longer than 24 hours.

He has a strong Catholic faith and says the ‘key...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

In each year group a small number of students receive help from The Learning Support department. A great deal of importance is attached to informing all members of staff on a regular basis of the nature of each student's learning needs. In this way, all teaching staff can work to help students to feel secure and to succeed in the classroom. All pupils referred to The Learning Support department follow Worth's mainstream academic curriculum and additional support programs take place in 40 minute sessions during the school day. Small group lessons are normally sufficient to meet student's needs though 1-1 specialist lessons may be available at additional cost and are subject to teacher availability and timetable restrictions. Specialist lessons are held in The Learning Support Suite, where extensive use is made of our ICT facilities. Initially, all students requiring learning support must provide the school with an external educational psychologist's report. This assists with the diagnosis of problems and the structuring of programmes for their solution. Each student works with a specialist teacher. Most receive literacy and study skill support, while a small number have specialist help in maths. Strategies are introduced to help improve basic literacy skills, working memory and concentration. As pupils progress through the school, increasing emphasis is placed on learning how to learn. Time management, higher reading skills, question analysis, coursework planning and revision skills are important preparation for the demands of GCSE and beyond. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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